Bounty has become a bad word to me. I absolutely hate it. Why? Because it is all I have heard since March. I haven't seen any proof of a bounty system. Nothing more than the affidavits of a) a bitter ex-employee of the Saints and b) a man who has to follow Goodell's every command in hopes of coaching again. Every other piece of "evidence" Goodell has he kept under lock and key; not even allowing the accused to see it.
So, taking away the signed affidavits, and going solely on the type of play on the field I walk away with only one impression. The Saints defense was playing good football. How do I come to this conclusion? Easy. Look how other teams play. For example: the San Francisco 49ers. They are hard hitting and no nonsense when it comes to defense. But, it's okay for them to play like that. It's just good football. We touch another player in the same manner, it's automatically "Bounty!" No, we just want a fair chance to play defense like every other team.
So, that's my serious question here. Why is it okay for a guy like Aldon Smith be tough and aggressive? But, if someone on the Saints, any player on the team in fact, does the same thing it is wrong?
Now, in the San Francisco @ New Orleans game (11/25/12), there was an incident in the last two minutes that was not a good thing for the Saints.
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Here are my thoughts on Bunkley's actions. San Francisco player A. Boone is laying on the ground. He is holding the ankle of Saints #91, W. Smith. B. Bunkley, #77 reaches down and tried to get Boone to release Smith's ankle. Boone then swings at Bunkley which provoked the kick in the back of the helmet. Was the kick wrong? Absolutely. No matter what, Bunkley should not have kicked Boone. Did Bunkley deserve a punishment? Yes. And I was honestly surprised he was not given a 1 game suspension. This behavior is out of character for Bunkley and he hasn't been in trouble since signing with us. That may have helped him in avoiding a suspension. But, I wouldn't have had hurt feelings if he had been. That type of action is not acceptable for our team. And shouldn't be acceptable for any team.
I am so tired of whenever our boys try and play football they get accused of having a bounty program. Yet, another team can come in and hit as hard as they want and it's all good. It should be fairness across the board. If hard hitting for us is considered a bounty, then it should be considered a bounty for every team. The truth about bounty-gate will be coming out soon. Hopefully, the four accused will have their chance to tell their side since they all so vehemently swear that no such program took place.
**EDIT: Bunkley received a $20K fine for the kick.**